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Discussion: Total Knee Replacement.."A Softball Athlete's 3 month Video Diary" Sm 165

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April 3, 2021
bogie
Men's 65
427 posts
Total Knee Replacement.."A Softball Athlete's 3 month Video Diary" Sm 165
As a 67 year old athlete, what can be expected in total knee replacement and how fast you can get back. Featuring Ken "Bogie" from from Swing Makeover and formerly of Pope 65 major plus. A very positive experience.
https://youtu.be/8hTNKf-kU9w
April 4, 2021
softball4b
Men's 70
1162 posts
Left hip replacement in 2007, Right knee replacement in 2016. Played softball 90 days after each. As detailed by Bogie, if you investigate your surgery options, listen to your body and physical therapist, no reason quality of life can return. Never was fast, but neither is a glacier, just be relentless and live life to its fullest. Look forward to seeing you on the field.

Mike Adair

AZ Scorpions 65
April 4, 2021
softball4b
Men's 70
1162 posts
quality of life can return, (Cannot return). Not enough coffee yet.
April 4, 2021
bogie
Men's 65
427 posts
Mike, your statement that you were never fast, but neither is a glacier, is an anthem that all slow guys will repeat forever. haha I do remember you posting on your progress when you had your knee done and it really helped me to understand its not as daunting a task as some make it seem. I think if your an athlete and used to dealing with pain and injury, its going to be alot easier than if your on a computer all day for your only physical activity.
April 4, 2021
L
85 posts
Left knee replaced in 2004 still working good had right knee 6 weeks ago still working on it but better than where I was at before hoping to do some light playing in May.
April 4, 2021
L
85 posts
forgot to add over 70
April 5, 2021
MurrayW
Men's 65
197 posts
Bogie, it sounds like your recovery was similar to mine. I am 66 and right-handed. I had my right knee replaced 3 years ago and last December I had my left knee replaced. I was out hitting mid-January with about 110 degrees of flexion. I played in my first tournament at the end of February and my flexion was 126 degrees then.

I still have a little pain when I run, but hitting-wise I am back to 100%. If anyone needs one but is hesitant I highly recommend you not wait any longer. It has made a big difference in my quality of life outside of softball and has enabled me to continue playing.
April 5, 2021
Wood_1966
Men's 55
164 posts
Left total knee replacement and in 9 months was 100% back playing pain free for the first time in decades! My only advice is to be militant about the rehab and to push yourself hard and you will be rewarded. I have a few friends that went around the same time who did not push themselves and are in a much worse position now than before the surgery!
April 6, 2021
Wood_1966
Men's 55
164 posts
looking at the other notes a lot of you guys were back playing real fast! Good for you guys, hope the next one I get on the other leg I can jump back as fast as you guys!
April 7, 2021
mc47
60 posts
had total knee done november 19 2019 played may 2020 only trouble was had to hav a runner best thing i done great now playing and running for myself
April 9, 2021
Wood_1966
Men's 55
164 posts
So maybe that is the difference between those that returned quickly and my taking the 9 months before hitting the field again. I came back and was able to run full speed without pain(until I over did it and blew out my other knee!)

The couple things this thread and in talking with friends and teammates who have gone through it says to me is, everyone is different in their ability to recover and rehab has to be done and done correctly and diligently!

Good luck with your surgery and recovery!
April 11, 2021
k man
Men's 65
308 posts
Just had total knee replacement of the right knee 10 days ago
Based on what friends have told me who have had one and from what I've read on the board is that expectations can vary drastically. Dr. pleased with how it went and just following the process.
Pain, swelling, black and blue, along with medication, icing, exercises, trying to get comfortable is all part of the process over time.
Trying to keep expectation of returning to softball at a reasonable level and as Wood said, not looking to cause injury to other leg or hips by coming back too soon.
So for the time being, it's more of the same PT, icing, medication and keep my expectations in check as my friends begin to get ready for ball in the northeast!.
Wishing everyone a safe softball season!
April 13, 2021
Wood_1966
Men's 55
164 posts
K man, 10 days in it still hurts, the best part is in a week or so it is going to feel better than before the surgery, so hang in there and do that PT!!!! Good Luck and hope to see you running the bases soon!
April 16, 2021
L
85 posts
just got back from therapy 9 weeks from surgery got 113 with help got to 120 still tight and hamstrings tight hope to be at 120 at least within the nest 2 weeks and then will start in gym. Have not been in gym for 4 years told to start out light and work up. But we all want to try and start out with more than we should.
May 8, 2021
L
85 posts
Just finished my last day a scheduled therapy. Got the knee to 121 still hurts but hope to get in gym to get knee in better shape.
May 8, 2021
softball4b
Men's 70
1162 posts
Keep working you got this.
May 11, 2021
Donny Boy
2 posts
Hey Bogie, I had a total knee replacement the fall of 2014. Needed runners and considered giving up softball. Replacement was the smartest thing I have ever done. I was back with a full recovery in 4 months. Flexion 135 - Extension -2. And now I am running for some of the guys who used to run for me. Work hard at PT. Do what they say...nothing more, nothing less.
May 12, 2021
kcstorm60
6 posts
Age 70. I had total left knee replacement on March 22nd. The surgeon used the Mako robotic assisted procedure by Stryker. I never used pain meds and haven't had physical theropy. I met with the surgeon the end of April and he turned me loose to do as much as I could tolerate. I anticipate returning to softball by mid-June. EHing to start with and playing the outfield by July 1.
May 13, 2021
k man
Men's 65
308 posts
I'm 6 weeks in as of today. finished 3rd week of PT. At 110 degrees and riding stationary bike for a week. One thing PT guy said everyone is different, you'll heal at your own rate. Keep at it L and kc, I know I will!
May 14, 2021
Webbie25
Men's 65
2342 posts
Interesting to hear how others are getting by with their replacements. I got mine in December 2013, before all the new techniques and fitted knees. I got the old Stryker. My surgeon also tried to find a pin that was showing up on x-rays during the surgery. He pretty much turned my leg into hamburger. It was 2 months before I really got out of the recliner. They didn't start any pt until about a month and a half after the surgery. And it changed my knee enough to where I cannot run well any more where I used to be fast. I know it changed the angles because my old CTI brace would not even go on. Being in great condition saved me from a much longer recovery and I played Las Vegas in April that year, but was not running much. Hitting was great, though. I miss playing much outfield now, but learned to play some third base. Now, nearing 8 years later I can tell it is having issues. There are random pains in all parts of my leg.It feels loose at times, even though I doubt it really is. BUT, it has afforded me 8 more years to play this wonderful game and I am still thankful I did it. And the constant pain from before the surgery has not returned and that is a blessing.
May 17, 2021
MurrayW
Men's 65
197 posts
Webbie, get it done again if it is bothering you. I had a partial on my right knee 10 years ago (the outer part wasn't replaced) that lasted 7 years until I had the partial taken out and replaced with a total. I always had some pain and swelling after playing with the partial but never have had any problems with the total. Last December I had a total knee replacement for my left knee.

The rehab is a pain but I am glad that I have gone through this 3 times.
May 18, 2021
L
85 posts
Had my first one done in 2004 now the other in Feb. of 2021 2004 knee surgeon said still in fine shape and does not hurt still working on new knee hope to play at the Smokies
May 19, 2021
ocden
35 posts
Has anyone had the bionic knee replacement ?
May 20, 2021
IDon'tKnow 3rdBase
Men's 65
20 posts
I have had both hips replaced and have fully recovered. Now my knees are shot. I plan to have my right knee replaced by end of season but am concerned if it is possible to continue playing successfully with a femur having no live connection to a joint, i.e. metal and plastics on both ends. Anyone with both hip and knee replacements on one or both sides.
May 21, 2021
Webbie25
Men's 65
2342 posts
Ocden-contact Steve Austin about that. I think the price of 6 million might be a bit high for most people.......
May 21, 2021
USMC21
122 posts
Both knees replaced in 2017...best decision I ever made...did it for quality of life AND softball...other than than the scars you would never know I had it done...no pain at all...except when it gets cold and that titanium gets cold...not bad though.
May 21, 2021
ocden
35 posts
Sorry, Austin said it's a Robotic knee replacement!
May 21, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3827 posts
ocden ... Thanks for the clarification ... Based on your first phrasing, I was going to guess "Lee Majors?" ...
May 22, 2021
bogie
Men's 65
427 posts
C'mon Dave!
May 22, 2021
Webbie25
Men's 65
2342 posts
Thanks, Dave, I thought I was the only one that remembered his tv name was Steve Austin.
May 23, 2021
Willy8
15 posts
I had a right ankle replacement in Dec, 2019 and a left knee replacement in Nov, 2020. Ankle was 6-8 weeks before I was permitted to apply full weight on it. I was playing ball 3-4 months after the ankle and then the same with the knee. Both surgeries did wonders for my quality of life, and that means playing ball. I'll never be as fast as I once was and the ankle doc wants me to get a runner once I reach base (which I sometimes don't do), but it's made a world of difference playing defense. I am now pain free in both joints!
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